Media Watch – June 18 (am)

By on 18/06/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

‘Too late’ to contain swine flu in Birmingham (The Independent - national, 18 June) BCC’s Scrutiny Committee heard that health bosses want to move towards a ‘mitigation’ phase in the fight against the virus. Sean Connolly, BCC’s Service Director Resources, quoted saying: “Containment is too late in Bham.”
Bham determined to boldly go for next generation technology (Bham Post, 18 June) The area spanning Digbeth, Aston Science Park and Eastside is set to become Bham’s new ‘digital district’. BCC plans to install the next generation high-speed broadband there. Dep Leader, Cllr Tilsley, made the announcement at the ‘Digital Britain’ conference yesterday, saying it would  “… act as showcase to attract new businesses and inward investment.”

Call for Super Prix restart (Bham Post 18 June) Former Formula One boss Eddie Jordan has called for Bham’s Super Prix to be re-launched.  A quote from BCC, said: “If a financial backer emerges, the council would be happy to discuss the possibility.”

Pool shut over safety concerns (Bham Mail 16 June) All facilities at Sparkhill Pool, including gym & sauna are now closed, due to safety concerns. Quotes from BCC, highlighted that the pool area itself was already shut for maintenance since July 08. Sparkhill will remain closed while an assessment is made about the best way forward.

100th Rotary Convention at ICC (Bham Post 18 June) Birmingham gears up to welcome 20,000 delegates from 154 countries.

National coverage continues re the Khyra Ishaq case. The trial continues  today.

Regional Headlines

Court reprieve for airport taxi drivers (Bham Post 18 June)  More than 250 taxi drivers were back on the ranks at Bham airport after winning a High Court injunction.

City unites to beat emissions targets (Bham Post, 18 June) 83% of businesses in the West Midlands are recycling, and the contribution made by Bham businesses mean the city has exceeded its C02 targets for April 2008 to March 2009.

New division helps develop energy efficient construction (Exp & Star 15 June) Midlands-based Thomas Vale Construction has launched its renewable technologies division to ensure best value and local sustainability across the region.

National Headlines

Mass rally call as Iran tries to curb dissenters

Romanians flee gunmen threat

Bank cautious on upturn

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